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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Exoporia
Superfamilia: Mnesarchaeoidea

Familia: Mnesarchaeidae
Genus: Mnesarchaea
Species (6): M. acuta – M. fallax – M. fusca – M. fusilella – M. hamadelpha – M. paracosma
+ 4 n.spp.

Mnesarchaea Meyrick, 1885: 591

Original status: Valid genus
Type species: Mnesarchaea paracosma Meyrick, 1885
Fixation: Monotypy
ZooBank: [1]

Mnesarchaea acuta

Mnesarchaea acuta


Dugdale, J.S. 1988: Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa. Fauna of New Zealand, (14)
Gibbs, G.W. 1979: Some notes on the biology and status of the Mnesarchaeidae (Lepidoptera). New Zealand entomologist 7(1): 2–9. DOI: 10.1080/00779962.1979.9722321 Reference page.
Nielsen, E.S.; Robinson, G.S.; Wagner, D.L. 2000: Ghost-moths of the world: a global inventory and bibliography of the Exoporia (Mnesarchaeoidea and Hepialoidea) (Lepidoptera). Journal of natural history, 34: 823–878. DOI: 10.1080/002229300299282

Mnesarchaea is a genus of "New Zealand primitive moths" in the family Mnesarchaeidae. This genus is endemic to New Zealand.[2]

This genus was first described by Edward Meyrick in 1885.[1]

These species belong to the genus Mnesarchaea:[2]

Mnesarchaea fallax Philpott, 1927
Mnesarchaea fusca Philpott, 1922
Mnesarchaea hudsoni Gibbs, 2019
Mnesarchaea paracosma Meyrick, 1885


Edward Meyrick (1885). "Descriptions of New Zealand microlepidoptera. Gelechiadae VIII. Tineina (part)". New Zealand Journal of Science. 2 (12): 589–592. Wikidata Q108097450.
George William Gibbs; Niels Peder Kristensen (28 May 2019). Mnesarchaeidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Hepialoidea) (PDF). Fauna of New Zealand (in English and Maori). 78. Lincoln: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. pp. 1–105. doi:10.7931/J2/FNZ.78. ISBN 978-0-947525-60-6. ISSN 0111-5383. Wikidata Q104802925. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2021.

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